Survivors from Earth's Distant Past
In the history of life on this planet, 99.9 percent of all species have gone extinct. But a few have survived almost unchanged. Author Rebecca E. Hirsch introduces readers to six living fossils, including the chambered nautilus, the horseshoe crab with its sticky blue blood, and venomous platypuses that sting, as well as a comprehensive explanation of evolution and extinction for readers who may not be familiar with the terms yet. Readers will also discover a a spectacular timeline of the history of animal life on Earth. Dive into the stories of these incredible animals and find out how they help scientists piece together evolutionary history.
|Interest Level||Grade 3 - Grade 8|
|Reading Level||Grade 5|
|Category||5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Expository Literature, Animals|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Millbrook Press ™|
|Number of Pages||48|
School Library Journal
“[A] fascinating overview of animals that are the last or almost the last of their kind within the context of evolution and extinction.”—School Library Journal
“An informative book for readers drawn to strange and amazing animals.”—Booklist
“A satisfying selection of nature’s survivors for readers intrigued by the animal world.”—Kirkus Reviews
Author: Rebecca E. Hirsch
Rebecca E. Hirsch is an award- winning children's author with a PhD in plant biology. Her picture books include Plants Can't Sit Still and Night Creatures: Animals That Swoop, Crawl, and Creep while You Sleep. She lives with her husband and three children in State College, Pennsylvania. You can visit her online at rebeccahirsch.com.